This is a small quilt I made recently from the "Simply Charming" book by Tara Darr at Sew Unique Creations. I want to make every quilt in the book so would highly recommend this book for all those who love small scrappy quilts like I do!
Tara chose to use a binding without a border, but I had a blue fabric I liked so I added a border, chose a binding using fabric that was in the quilt, and shook it all up with a red, blue and yellow fabric for the back.
Most of the fabrics I used for the nine-patches were from two mini-charms of the Indigo Crossing line by Minick and Simpson. I bought them last fall from The Fabric Cupboard and I am told that they are stocking some of the more popular prints of this line. I love the blues, creams, and whites and was able to easily supplement Indigo Crossing with a few fabrics from my stash. You can see that I hand quilted my little quilt in a cross hatch design.
I love making small quilts, but never know how to label them. Did I make a doll quilt, a table topper, or a wall hanging? What I may do is attach a little card to the quilt that indicates it could be used as any of the three options. But how can I call it a doll quilt when I don't know what it would look like in a doll bed? Solution...ask Woodworker Hubby to make me a Vintage Doll Cradle. I found the pattern online at ana-white.com.patterns. She is amazing and has patterns for just about anything you can think of! I found a couple of patterns for doll beds listed...click HERE to see the pattern for the cradle below. This is the cradle that WH made first, with a Doll Farmhouse Bed coming next.
He is going to stain it, but first I just had to see what it would look like with some little quilts tucked in. I made a quick mattress and pillow from some toile fabric I had on hand and started snapping pictures.
The directions say that the size of these doll beds will fit the popular 18" dolls that mothers and grandmothers are buying in droves for their little girls.
Getting back to the "Simply Charming" quilts, there is a Simply Charming Quiltalong being hosted by Darlene at Quilting Daze and Kathy at Kindred Spirits for those of us who love these little quilts and want to share their finishes. Click on the picture of the book on my sidebar to learn more about it.
Every two months you can share your finished quilt by linking up to Kathy's blog. The good news is that the Linky for the first quilt is open until March 10, so I still have time to link up HERE before the next 2-month period, and so do you!
Before I go, just want to remind you of a really fun and very enjoyable blog hop going on right now at Sew We Quilt. "It's All About Me" is a blog hop guaranteed to make you smile and maybe laugh out loud! The quilters are using an Amy Bradley pattern to make a little quilt caricature self-portrait? Marilyn at Stitching by the Lake is the awesome coordinator. Visit her blog HERE to see the schedule and find out more, and have a look at Madame Samm's Pinterest page to see all the quilts at one location.
It's a great day for quilting!